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  • Obama's Deficit Reduction Plan Unveiled     Monday, 19 Sep 2011 | 7:20 PM ET

    Sam Chandan, president & chief economist at Chandan Economics & The Wharton School, tells us why he feels that Obama's new plan is setting the groundwork for potential compromise between Republicans and Democrats.

  • Will Digital Health Records Ever Happen? Monday, 12 Sep 2011 | 10:35 AM ET

    Though the U.S. had made much progress taking medical record keeping into the digital age, there's still some doubt that the government will reach its target by the prescribed deadline.

  • Medicare Fraud Crackdown     Wednesday, 7 Sep 2011 | 7:43 PM ET

    CNBC's Brad Goode reports on dozens of arrest in a crackdown on Medicare fraud.

  • Medicare and Medicaid: CNBC Explains Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 | 3:47 PM ET
    Sphygmomanometer

    Medicare and Medicaid are often confused with each other as both are government sponsored health programs. But there are major differences. CNBC explains.

  • Brusca: Time For A National Sales Tax? Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 | 4:12 PM ET

    All states, regardless of partisanship, hate the idea because states (and some cities) already use the sales tax. They do not want the Feds elbowing their way in on these revenues, but perhaps now is the time to think about a national sales tax.

  • Gamblers Return to Las Vegas, But for How Long? Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 5:02 PM ET
    Friends playing in casino

    One could argue that lately you had better odds winning in Las Vegas than Wall Street. Sin City is coming back, but its economy remains fragile.

  • Congress Needs to 'Cowboy Up' to Fix the Economy Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 11:13 AM ET
    John Wayne

    Investors woke up Monday to a world in which America is seen as a greater credit risk than anytime in recent history, and they didn't like what they saw. The conversation around why we were downgraded can get as wonky as we want, but let’s not get caught up in the weeds. We are where we are because the problem is simple: Our country spends far more than it takes in—trillions more.

  • Dear America: Austerity Is Going to Hurt Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 12:32 PM ET

    The debt-ceiling deal doesn't go far enough to control the U.S. government's spending problem, according to many.

  • Reaping Millions in Nonprofit Care for Disabled Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 11:31 AM ET

    Two brothers earned millions of dollars from Medicaid funding as executives of a non-profit organization that provides care to the developmentally disabled, the New York Times reports.

  • Health Tab to Hit $4.6 Trillion in 2020: Government Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 | 5:33 AM ET

    The nation's health care tab is on track to hit $4.6 trillion in 2020, accounting for about $1 of every $5 in the economy, government number crunchers estimate in a report out Thursday.

  • Debt, Default & Government Spending     Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 | 2:00 PM ET

    The CNBC news team with a look at today's rhetoric on the debt; what would happen if the government defaulted, and the staggering cost of Medicare and other federal programs.

  • Cramer: HealthSouth Is a Buy, Buy, Buy Wednesday, 20 Jul 2011 | 6:41 PM ET

    This stock has been knocked down for the wrong reason, Cramer said.

  • US Military Could Suffer If No Debt Deal: Bush Aide Monday, 11 Jul 2011 | 10:42 AM ET

    There's be no money for U.S. defense as of Aug. 3 if there is no deal on the debt under a worst-case scenario, former Treasury Secretary Jay Powell told CNBC Monday.

  • Debt Ceiling: Will the US Follow Minnesota's Lead? Wednesday, 6 Jul 2011 | 11:26 AM ET
    Uncle Sam taking money out of your wallet

    The markets seem to believe that the federal government will raise the debt ceiling before August 2. And the markets may be right.

  • AARP's Social Security Shocker     Friday, 17 Jun 2011 | 7:55 PM ET

    Why Social Security is easier to fix than Medicare, with CNBC's John Harwood, and David Certner, AARP legislative policy director.

  • Cutting the Deficit, Adding Jobs Wednesday, 15 Jun 2011 | 8:23 AM ET

    Consumer spending has weakened. Hiring has slowed. Stocks have slid. As tends to be the case in the long aftermath of a financial crisis, the economy once again needs help.  And the debt talks have become the best opportunity for Washington to provide that help, the New York Times reports.

  • Medicare Plan for Payments Irks Hospitals Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 11:05 AM ET

    For the first time in its history, Medicare will soon track spending on millions of individual beneficiaries, reward hospitals that hold down costs and penalize those whose patients prove most expensive. The New York Times reports.

  • Medicare Changes Investing Impact     Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 7:40 AM ET

    Paul Ryan's plan would double revenues for managed care companies, says Charles Boorady, Credit Suisse. "I would be very afraid if I were a senior and I heard that plan," he adds.

  • GOP Bid to Privatize Medicare Defeated in Senate Wednesday, 25 May 2011 | 6:08 PM ET

    U.S. Senators cast enough votes to defeat a Republican proposal to privatize Medicare, a widely expected result but one that Democrats hoped would force GOP Senators to vote in favor of a plan that is increasingly unpopular with voters.

  • Cut The Military, Not Medicare: Rep. Barney Frank Wednesday, 25 May 2011 | 5:16 PM ET

    If the U.S. Congress hadn't approved the military operations in Iraq or Afghanistan during the Bush presidency there wouldn't be the need to raise the debt ceiling now, U.S. Rep. Barney Frank told CNBC Wednesday.